Kelpie Seaweed Ale
Williams Brothers, Scotland.
Thanks to Scotland’s miserable climate hops, generally a key beer ingredient, are not easily grown here. As a result Scottish beers have in the past tended to rely on malt as the base of the their flavour. Acting as an alternative or supplement to hops, everything from heather to honey have been used in Scottish brewing over the years. Oh and seaweed, which is actually an awesome addition to this particular ale.
Tecate Brewery, Mexico
Allegedly created by an Arizona firm fed up of seeing ‘yuppies’ ramming lime down the neck of their beer, this beasting chilli lager has become a cult classic. Taste wise you’ll basically be consuming a bland North American lager; or at least it would taste like that if each bottle didn’t have a two inch chilli floating amongst the water, malt and hops. Hot, but not overpowering it’s the perfect show off beer for barbecue season.
London brewery Meantime have built their reputation on providing drinkers with good quality, interesting ales and lagers. The addition of a little dark chocolate to the brewing process gives this strong traditional English stout a much smoother more rounded malt hit than similar styles. Stout fans won’t struggle to see its strong points, but the uninitiated might want to watch, at 6.5% it isn’t for the faint of heart.
You might have to settle with getting steaming over getting stoned with this one, as the cannabis (or rather hemp) element isn’t of the smoking variety. Still though, this mellow easy to drink beer (complete with scratch and sniff hash patch) is a decent drink and certainly a superior lager to most of the big name brands you’ll find in the supermarket.
It’s beer and milk. Mixed together. It’s also from Japan which is home to plenty of weird beers . . . though this one seems to be a little too odd for export.